Leadership changes at BCD M&E as McCabe is made UK MD

BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has implemented several key leadership changes in the UK and across the EMEA region, with the two having recently been separated into distinct regions. And Helen McCabe has been appointed to the newly created UK managing director role, having been with the firm for 28 years.

The changes follow hot on the heels of the announcement that Bruce Morgan has taken the role of chief operating officer for the company.

The following appointments have been made as the company continues to execute a three-year strategic growth plan that aims to create value for customers through innovative and best-in-class products and services that drive business results through human connection.

Helen McCabe has been named managing director, UK. Having been with BCD M&E for 28 years, McCabe possesses a deep understanding of the business across multi-functional areas. She will manage leaders in the UK from all lines of business including event solutions & sports, meetings management & life sciences and venue search.

Mikael Ek has been named managing director, EMEA. Ek has a varied background in the meetings and events sector including events agency management in multiple EMEA markets, market leadership in the meetings management sector and regional leadership with management experience, bringing strong commercial and client-facing skills to the role. Most recently, Ek was the commercial lead for American Express GBT’s Global Client Group and head of global deal consulting.

Geert Jan Jongeneel, previously chief financial officer (CFO) and MD EMEA, will continue to be global CFO and intensify his focus in targeting acquisitions.

“These leadership updates position us to strategically grow, align and refine our business by delivering products and services that are driven by our customers’ specific needs,” said Morgan. “Our focus on quality and consistent service globally is at the top of our agenda. I’m confident Helen and Mikael will provide the right leadership to ensure BCD M&E continues being the agency of choice.”